New Muni buses fail the hill test
Muni bought a bunch of new buses to add to itsÂ fleet, but tests are showing that the new buses might not be able to handle San Francisco’s famousÂ hills, the SFÂ Examiner reports. The city spent about $26 million to buy the new buses from New Flyer Industries last year, knowing that these buses can’t handle inclines of more than 10 percent, according toÂ the Examiner.
WTF, right? SFMTA plans to run these buses on flat routes instead of getting into situations like this.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency tested its newest buses last November before letting rubber hit the cement, but the results of those tests â€” obtained by the Examiner â€” show Muniâ€™s
new 60-foot electric buses donâ€™t meet the agencyâ€™s own acceleration requirements for even moderately steep hills.
SFMTA officials told the Examiner they knew the buses couldnâ€™t handle grades above 10 percent, so the agency would run them only on The Cityâ€™s flatter routes.
Among the steepest routes in the Muni system are the 1-California and the 22-Fillmore. One portion of Fillmore is graded at over 18 percent, according to topographical maps.
You can read all about the test data over at the Examiner.